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April 16, 2014

Northern Ireland politicians are making a third bid to legalize same-sex marriage, following England, Wales and Scotland

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

It is the only nation in the UK to have not already passed same-sex marriage.

But now six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have filed a motion calling for marriage equality.

The private members motion is due to be debated on 29 April.

The motion notes that England, Wales and Scotland have ‘moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples’.

April 16, 2014

Several people are outraged and choosing to leave the Church of Norway over their 'lack of understanding' on religious same-sex marriage

Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, said she was disappointed by the Church of Norway’s decision to not marry gay couples today (16 April).

Last week (8 April), the Church of Norway voted against carrying out same-sex ceremonies in their religious buildings to the great dismay of its members.

Solberg told NRK: ‘I respect the Church of Norway's decision [to not marry gay couples].

'I’m a member of the church myself and of course I have my personal opinions.’

April 15, 2014

American Civil Liberties Union wants state to recognize the 300-plus same-sex marriages that took place last month

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday (14 April) to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed in Michigan last month are recognized by the state.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold.

April 15, 2014

Married same-sex couples in the United States are celebrating this year’s tax filing deadline as the first time they can file joint tax returns - and they can even refile for past years when they were denied benefits

US gay married couples have celebrated this year’s tax filing deadline as the first where they can file joint tax returns and they can even refile their returns for previous years where they were denied recognition.

The occasion was celebrated at a Monday press conference in New York with Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney and Village People cowboy Randy Jones.

April 14, 2014

Dwayne Morgan, the pastor who officiated the wedding, believes 'God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender'

A couple have married in what is believed to be the UK’s first gay wedding in a church.

Jan Tipper and Barb Burden were married at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth yesterday (13 April)

On 29 March, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally allowed to walk down the aisle and marry officially.

Dwayne Morgan, who officiated the wedding, said he decided to officiate the wedding because he believes ‘God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender.’

April 14, 2014

It is 10th consecutive ruling by a federal judge invalidating state bans since US Supreme Court ruling on Doma last June

A federal judge in Ohio officially issued a ruling today declaring Ohio's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black gave advance notice last week of his intentions in order to give the state time to prepare its appeal. He also placed a stay on his ruling pending appeals meaning same-sex marriages cannot yet begin in the state.

Still, it marks the 10th consecutive ruling invalidating such a ban since the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

April 14, 2014

Republicans in the US state of Nevada have dropped opposing same-sex couple’s right to wed from their platform in an effort to create a more inclusive party

Nevada state Republicans have voted to remove opposition to same-sex marriage from their party platform as a US Court of Appeals considers a legal challenge to the state’s ban on allowing same-sex couples to wed.

The vote was held on Saturday at a Nevada state Republican convention and passed on a show of hands by the 520 delegates present.

The new platform removes references to marriage being only between a man and a woman.

April 13, 2014

The Church of England faces 'crisis' as it comes under pressure to discipline the clergyman for breaking the rules and as other clergy members may follow suit

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a hospital chaplain, has become the first Church of England clergyman to enter into a same-sex marriage under Britain’s new marriages laws when he married his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51, on Saturday.

Local media reports say the move is expected to plunge the Church into a fresh crisis as it is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Church is also strongly opposed Britain’s newly-introduced same-sex marriage laws.

April 12, 2014

'Loving teaches that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, even if the way in which it is practiced would have surprised the Framers or made them feel uncomfortable'

The attorney general of Virginia submitted a brief supporting a judge's decision the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

In papers filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Attorney General Mark Herring maintained blocking gay marriage mirrored the prohibition against interracial marriage.

April 11, 2014

Upcoming political party has stunned the LGBTI community, who the Supreme Court made illegal last year, by fighting for equality

An Indian political party that describes itself ‘for the people’ has promised to legalize homosexuality if they win the upcoming election.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, translated as Common People Party), have revealed their Mumbai manifesto and in it speak out on LGBTI rights.

Known as the ‘anti-corruption’ party, the AAP are hoping the 814 million Indians who are eligible to vote will give them their support in the run up to the most hotly contested election in recent memory.

April 11, 2014

Only Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota have state bans on same-sex marriage that are not being challenged in the courts as Americans wait to see if the Supreme Court will finally decide the issue for the nation

Only Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota still have state bans on same-sex marriage that are yet to be challenged in court and that number will soon dwindle to four after a South Dakota couple announced they will take legal action against their state.

Across the rest of America and Puerto Rico there are currently 65 lawsuits in progress against bans on same-sex couples marrying – including 44 in federal courts, meaning the issue could soon come before the US Supreme Court again.

April 10, 2014

Three-judge panel will decide whether to uphold ruling that declared ban unconstitutional

A federal court in Colorado heard oral arguments in a case appealing a judge's decision that declared Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments for more than an hour on Thursday (10 April).

They will decide whether to uphold a ruling in a case brought by three Utah couples.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is defending the law, walked across the aisle in the courtroom at one point to meet the three couples seeking to have their marriages recognized by their state.

April 10, 2014

An Italian court has ruled that the 2012 New York same-sex marriage of an Italian gay couple must be legally recognized in a legal first

An Italian court has recognized the marriage of an Italian same-sex couple in a legal first – finding that there is no reference to the genders of who can marry in Italy’s civil code.

The couple took the municipality of Grosseto to court after its registrar refused to register their overseas marriage in New York in December of 2012 – finding that Italian jurisdictions should recognize any marriage that was legally conducted abroad.

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 9, 2014

Alan Simpson says in new ad: 'I have had a wonderful married life, why shouldn’t somebody else have the joy of marriage'

Retired US Senator Alan Simpson became a political rarity this week: he is Republican who has come out very publicly in favor of gay marriage.

Simpson, who served in the Senate for 18 years before retiring in 1997, felt so strongly about the issue that he agreed to appear in a television ad for the group Freedom to Marry.

April 8, 2014

While same-sex couples are able to get their unions blessed by individual priests, the religious leaders are banned from carrying out marriage ceremonies


The Church of Norway voted against priests carrying out gay marriage ceremonies today (8 April).

The vote was split against the proposal to allow same-sex unions in churches, with 51 religious leaders voting in favor and 64 against.

The National Association for LGBT people (LLH) said they were 'disappointed' by the vote.

April 8, 2014

Rep John Becker wants federal judge Timothy Black impeached

Ohio State Representative John Becker wants a federal judge impeached for planning to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Becker said in a statement Tuesday (8 April): 'In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge (Timothy) Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of "homosexual marriages" performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.'

April 7, 2014

Bristol Post editor has complained that his choice for a front page picture resulted in disappointing sales - and he asked the internet for help

April 6, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith said Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s support for gay marriage is partly to blame for the expenses row backlash from ‘bitter’ Conservative MPs

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith claimed calls from Conservative MPs for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked in the wake of her recent expenses row are partly due to her support for equal marriage.

Miller, the minister responsible for the same-sex marriage bill that came into force last weekend, wrongly claimed £90,000 for her tax-payer funded second home in Wimbledon, which was also home to her parents.

April 6, 2014

'While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not'

A leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints repeated the church's opposition to gay marriage.

Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke today (5 April) at the church's Salt Lake City biannual general conference.

April 5, 2014

Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General, has filed a request for an en banc hearing of his challenge against the federal ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette yesterday (Friday 4 April) filed a request for all 15 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judges to hear his challenge against the state’s gay marriage ban being ruled unconstitutional.

US District Judge Bernard Friedman last month found that the ban on same-sex marriages, approved by voters in 2004, was unconstitutional.

April 4, 2014

Ruling in case involving birth certificates of children will recognize same-sex marriages from other states

A federal judge in Ohio has announced that he plans to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black made a statement giving notice that he will issue his ruling on 14 April - the advance notice is to give the state time to be ready with an appeal.

The ruling comes in a case that has four married same-sex couples seeking an order that would require the State to place the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their children.

April 3, 2014

The High Court of Australia has ruled that the state of New South Wales must recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female – ending the court battle to have Norrie recognized as such

Sydney LGBTI community activist and genderless person Norrie has won a court victory in the High Court of Australia – forcing the New South Wales (NSW) state Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female.

Norrie had initially been given a ‘sex not specified’ registration by the registry in 2010 but it then reversed its decision to do so four months later – saying that it had been in error to do so.

April 3, 2014

Bishop’s conference publicly rejected the proposition of MPs being denied communion for voting in favor of marriage equality

Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.

After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’

However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.